2016 IKTHOF US Nationals Knife & Tomahawk Championships hosted by Blade Aces Las Vegas

New BALV Poster w SOGThe IKTHOF US Nationals Knife & Tomahawk Championships comes to Las Vegas at Tribal Advantage on April 15-17, 2016

Join some of the very best knife & tomahawk throwers in the world as they battle it out in the Entertainment Capital of the World.  The first IKTHOF Tournament to feature the newly revised 2016 Amateur/Professional Division Ranking system, this tournament will set the precedent for future tournaments in the amount of competition, fun and excitement possible in the precision sport throwing world.  We want to start and end all events on time in order that our out-of-town guests can enjoy their visit to the Entertainment Capital of the World.  So please view the contents of the registration packets you will receive when you arrive at the event.

AMATEUR DIVISION REGISTRATION – [wpepsc name=”Amateur Division Registration” price=”100.00″]

PRO DIVISION REGISTRATION – [wpepsc name=”Pro Division Registration” price=”150.00″]

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Events scheduled:

FRIDAY  April 15

8:00am – Registration

9:00am – Throwers and Scorekeepers Meeting

10:00am – Golden Jackpot (Gold Cup) Knife throwing

1:00pm – Golden Jackpot (Gold Cup) Tomahawk throwing

RULES (Mike ‘ Alamo’ Bainton Golden Jackpot):

Gold Cup Knife throwing Rules:

The IKTHOF Gold Cup Knife tournament will use a double elimination system to determine a winner in a fair and equitable manner. Each thrower will throw the same three knives for each distance: 1⁄2 spin (2meters 6ft.6 inches min.) by the blade, 1 spin (3 meters 9ft 10 inches11 ft. min.) by the handle, 1 1⁄2 spin (4 meters 13 ft 2 inches. min.) by the blade, 2 spins ( 5 meters 16 ft. 5 inches. min.) by the handle, 2 1⁄2 spins ( 6 meters 19 ft.8 inches min.) by the blade, and 3 spins ( 7 meters 23 ft. min.) by the handle.Targets will have 10 cm or 4 inch center (worth 5 points.), 20cm ring (worth 4 points.), a 30 cm outer ring (worth 3 points.). A 40 cm ring worth 2 points and a 50 cm ring worth 1 point. Knives are scored as they stick, and each thrower must have 3 knives of the same length and style. Knives must be at least 12 inches long and no longer that 16 inches. It is very strongly suggested that knives weigh at least one ounce per inch or heavier to compete for safety of the person in the next lane.

Gold Cup Tomahawk throwing rules:

The IKTHOF Gold Cup Tomahawk tournament will use a double elimination system to determine a winner in a fair and equitable manner. Each thrower will throw the same three Tomahawks for each distance: 1 spin (3 meters.) handle down blade facing forward before the throw, 1 1⁄2 spin (4 meters.) handle up blade facing backwards before the throw, 2 spins ( 5 meters.) handle down blade facing forward before the throw, 2 1⁄2 spins ( 7 meters ) handle up blade facing backwards before the throw, and 3 spins ( 9 meters.) handle down blade facing forward before the throw..
Targets will have 10 cm or 4 inch center (worth 5points.), 20cm ring (worth 4points.), a 30cm outer ring (worth 3points.). A 40 cm ring worth 2 points and a 50 cm ring worth 1 point. Tomahawks are scored as they stick, and each thrower must have 3 Tomahawks of the same length and style.
3 Hawks will be required with 13 inch handles or longer and no more than a 4 1/2 inch cutting edge.

RAFFLE:

All competitors pre-registered before March 21, 2016 will be allowed to throw a single knife into a target board covered with numbered Post-It Notes.  Each Post-It note corresponds with a numbered envelope that has a description of the winning prize.  Prizes can range from cash,  knives, tomahawks, restaurant gift certificates, t-shirts, and other merchandise from our sponsors.    Only one prize per qualified competitor.

SATURDAY April 16

8:30am – Throwers meeting

9:00am – Conventional Knife Throw

12:00pm – Conventional Tomahawk Throw

2:00pm – No Spin Throw

5:00pm – Performances, Awards Ceremony and Banquet

RULES

AMATEUR DIVISION

Conventional Tournament Knife throwers that have not been ranked in an IKTHOF tournament and have not reached the score of 200 points or have not ranked Expert Amateur Division with 200 points or better. Or have not been ranked in the IKTHOF NON TOURNAMENT Ranking system with a score of 200 or better may enter the Amateur Knife Throwing Division
World Championship 3 target, 4 distance , 4 lane IKTHOF Amateur conventional knife throwing competition.

AMATEUR DIVISION KNIFE:

Three (3) knives will be required. Each thrower will throw the same three Knives for each distance: Distances are 2 meters, half spin by the blade, 3 meters one spin by the handle, 4 meters one and a half spin by the blade and 5 meters two spin by the handle. All designated meters are minimum distances. Knives are scored as they stick, and each thrower must have 3 knives of the same length and style. Knives must be at least 12 inches long and no longer that 16 inches. It is very strongly suggested that knives weigh at least one ounce per inch or heavier to compete for safety of the person in the next lane.

Amateur Knife Division 1-99 points Novice, 100-199 Intermediate, 200 – 240 Expert

AMATEUR DIVISION HAWK:

Conventional Tournament Hawk throwers that have not been ranked in an IKTHOF tournament and have not reached the score of 140 points Or have not been ranked in the IKTHOF NON TOURNAMENT Ranking system with a score of 140 or better may enter the Amateur Hawk Division.
The World Championship 3 target, 3 distance, 4 lane IKTHOF Amateur division conventional tomahawk competition. 3 hawks will be required. Each thrower will throw the same three Tomahawks for each distance: distances are 1 spin (3 meters.) blade facing forward before the throw, 1 1⁄2 spin (4 meters.) blade facing backwards before the throw, 2 spins ( 5 meters.) blade facing forward before the throw. Tomahawks are scored as they stick, and each thrower must throw the same Hawks from all distances and have 3 Hawks of the same length and style. Three IKTHOF regulation targets.Targets will have 10 cm or 4 inch center (worth 5 points.), 20cm ring (worth 4 points.), a 30 cm outer ring (worth 3 points.). A 40 cm ring worth 2 points and a 50 cm ring worth 1 point. Hawks are scored as they stick, and each thrower must have 3 hawks of the same length and style. The targets will be thrown from left to right. Heights of targets are top targets 60 inches to center, Center target 50-inches to center; 3 Hawks will be required with 13 inch handles or longer and no more than a 4 1/2 inch cutting edge.

Amateur Hawk Division 1- 99 Novice, 100 – 139 Intermediate 140 – 180 Expert

SENIOR DIVISION KNIFE:

The World Championship 3 target, 4 distance, 4 lane IKTHOF senior division conventional tomahawk competition. 3 hawks will be required. Each thrower will throw the same three Knives for each distance: distances are 1/2 spin (2 meters.) by the blade, 1 spin (3 meters.) by the handle , 1 1/2 spin ( 4 meters.) by the blade and 2 spin (5 meters) by the handle. Knives are scored as they stick, and each thrower must throw the same Knives from all distances and have 3 Knives of the same length and style. Three IKTHOF regulation targets.Targets will have 10 cm or 4 inch center (worth 5 points.), 20cm ring (worth 4 points.), a 30 cm outer ring (worth 3 points.). A 40 cm ring worth 2 points and a 50 cm ring worth 1 point. Three IKTHOF regulation targets.Targets will have 10 cm or 4 inch center (worth 5 points.), 20cm ring (worth 4 points.), a 30 cm outer ring (worth 3 points.). A 40 cm ring worth 2 points and a 50 cm ring worth 1 point. Targets will be thrown from left to right. Heights of targets are top targets 60 inches to center, Center target 50-inches to center; 3 knives will be required.   Knives are scored as they stick, and each thrower must have 3 knives of the same length and style. Knives must be at least 12 inches long and no longer that 16 inches. It is very strongly suggested that knives weigh at least one ounce per inch or heavier to compete for safety of the person in the next lane.

Senior Knife Division 1-99 Novice 100-199 Intermediate 200-240 Expert

SENIOR DIVISION HAWK:

The World Championship 3 target, 3 distance, 4 lane IKTHOF senior division conventional tomahawk competition. 3 hawks will be required. Each thrower will throw the same three Tomahawks for each distance: distances are 1 spin (3 meters.) blade facing forward before the throw, 1 1⁄2 spin (4 meters.) blade facing backwards before the throw, 2 spins ( 5 meters.) blade facing forward before the throw. Tomahawks are scored as they stick, and each thrower must throw the same Hawks from all distances and have 3 Hawks of the same length and style.Three IKTHOF regulation targets.Targets will have 10 cm or 4 inch center (worth 5 points.), 20cm ring (worth 4 points.), a 30 cm outer ring (worth 3 points.). A 40 cm ring worth 2 points and a 50 cm ring worth 1 point. Knives are scored as they stick, and each thrower must have 3 hawks of the same length and style. The targets will be thrown from left to right. Heights of targets are top targets 60 inches to center, Center target 50-inches to center; 3 Hawks will be required with 13 inch handles or longer and no more than a 4 1/2 inch cutting edge.

Senior Hawk Division 1- 99 Novice, 100 – 139 Intermediate, 140 to 180 Expert

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION

A professional conventional Knife or Hawk thrower is a by definition a Knife and Hawk thrower who throws both Knives and Hawks for conventional competition with Money involved for the top Throwers of the day. First time throwers wishing to throw in the pro Division may do so regardless of past scores.Any Knife thrower scoring in the expert category of an IKTHOF Amateur throw MUST enter the Pro Division or the Senior Division if eligible. Any Hawk thrower scoring in the expert category of an IKTHOF Amateur throw Must enter the Pro division or the Senior Division if eligible.Throwers will throw the professional Division Hawk and Knife if they have scored EXPERT in either knife or Hawk and are not eligible for the Senior Division .Throwers will combine the scores of both Pro Knife and Pro Hawk to be eligible for monetary rewards.
The amount of money received by the top scoring throwers will be determined by the number of participants in the professional throwing ranks throwing both Knife and Hawk.

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION KNIFE:

All Throwers will throw 3 knives at 3 targets moving back to the next distance after each three knives, 4 times total per distance for a total of 60 knives, 15 knives on four separate ranges for a total of 300 points . Minimum distances are:1 spin by the handle (3 meters 9ft 10 inches. min.),1 1⁄2 spin by the blade (4 meters 13 ft. 2 inches. min.),2 spins by the handle( 5 meters 16 ft 5 inches. min.),2 1⁄2 spins by the blade ( 6 meters 19 ft.8 inches min.) 3 spin by the handle ( 7 Meters ). Targets will have 10 mm or 4 inch center (worth 5points.), 20cm ring (worth 4points.), a 30cm outer ring (worth 3points.). A 40 cm ring worth 2 points. And a 50 cm ring worth 1 point. Knives are scored as they stick, and each thrower must have 3 knives of the same length and style. Knives must be at least 12 inches long and no longer that 16 inches. It is very strongly suggested that knives weigh at least one ounce per inch or heavier to compete for safety of the person in the next lane.
Three IKTHOF regulation targets.Targets will have 10 cm or 4 inch center (worth 5 points.), 20cm ring (worth 4 points.), a 30 cm outer ring (worth 3 points.). A 40 cm ring worth 2 points and a 50 cm ring worth 1 point. The targets will be thrown from left to right. Heights of targets are top targets 60 inches to center, Center target 50-inches to center;
Pro. Knife 1-99 Novice, Intermediate 100-199, Expert 200-249, Masters 250-300

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION HAWK:

In the 3 target, 5 distance, 4 lane Professional Conventional Hawk throwers IKTHOF Conventional Competition, 3 Hawks will be required with 13 inch handles or longer and no more than a 4 1/2 inch cutting edge. Each thrower will throw the same three Tomahawks for each distance: 1 spin (3 meters.) handle down blade facing forward before the throw, 1 1⁄2 spin (4 meters.) handle up blade facing backwards before the throw, 2 spins ( 5 meters.) handle down blade facing forward before the throw, 2 1⁄2 spins ( 7 meters ) handle up blade facing backwards before the throw, and 3 spins ( 9 meters.) handle down blade facing forward before the throw.. Tomahawks are scored as they stick. All designated meters are minimum distances.Hawks are scored as they stick, and each thrower must throw the same Hawks from all distances and have 5 hawks of the same length and style.Three IKTHOF regulation targets.Targets will have 10 cm or 4 inch center (worth 5 points.), 20cm ring (worth 4 points.), a 30 cm outer ring (worth 3 points.). A 40 cm ring worth 2 points and a 50 cm ring worth 1 point. The targets will be thrown from left to right. Heights of targets are top targets 60 inches to center, Center target 50-inches to center;
Pro. 1-99 Novice, Intermediate 100-199, Expert 200-249, Masters 250-300

NO SPIN COMPETITION:

All throwers No Spin throwers,Amateurs Spin throwers, Seniors or Professional conventional throwers may enter the no spin competition.

No Spin Knife Throwing Rules and Regulations
IKTHOF “No-Spin” Event
The event will consist of 60 throws from 5 distances: 3 throws per distance and 4 rounds. The 3 targets are set to be thrown from left to right. Standard IKTHOF targets will be used along with traditional scoring with 5 points awarded to the center bulls-eye, 4 to the outer circle, etc. If a target is struck unintentionally and out of order it will count as zero (no score).
The knife must be thrown with a “No-Spin” technique, which means it completes an approximate ¼ rotation or less. In some cases the knife’s handle will lead the knife on release. This is technically a larger rotation than a ¼ spin but since the knife was held by the handle, it is considered a no-spin or ¼ spin throw and is permissive. Since there are several techniques in performing a no-spin upon release, as long as the knife is held by the handle, and hits the target point first without a rotation greater than described above, it is permissible.
Knives
Three (3) near identical knives are needed for this event. The knives and the competitors technique will be approved before hand by the Range Master on a practice lane to make sure the competitors technique is acceptable, safe for viewers/competitors and that the knives stay within the following rules:
The knives used will not exceed 16” (40.64cm) long from tip to handle.
The minimum length is 10” (25.4cm) from tip to handle.
The minimum weight is 8oz (226g).
Bo Shuriken or Spikes longer than 10” (25.4cm) and less than 16” (40.64cm) in length and at least 5oz (141.7g) in total weight are also permitted and encouraged. If the knife is untraditional or in question, the Range Master must approve the knife before competition.
Handles are permitted on knives, Bo Shuriken and Spikes. Any material is acceptable: Tape, Sports Wrap, Para-cord, and Twine with Epoxy coat, etc.
*Gyro knives, Flying Knives, or any other knife that allows air to pass through the handle to hinder spin is not permitted. Fletching, tassels, are also not permitted. In addition, a length of cordage or chain cannot be attached to the knife to be thrown like a rope-dart. Short spears are not permitted. The regulations for this event define a spear as over 13” (33.02cm) in length with a point/blade which length makes up for less than a third of the implements overall length.
Grips
The knife will be gripped by the handle. The point of the blade upon release is either pointing upwards or slightly toward target. At further distances, the point of the blade may be slightly beyond the 12:00 position (Technically, slightly above a ¼ spin). The knife can be held or palmed as high on the blade as one desires. However, the thrower is not permitted to touch the last inch of blade closest to the point when throwing. While not encouraged, the knife can be pinched in the same manner as one would pinch a spear.
*Note that sidearm releases are permissible.
*Note that underhand releases are NOT permissible.
Distances
The thrower must throw behind these respective lines:
2m (6’7”), 3m (9’10”), 4m (13’1”), 5m (16”5”) and 6m (19’8”).
If the competitor steps over the set boundary line, he will be warned by the lane official. If it happens again, the score for that throw will be zero (no score) regardless of the knife’s impact. If the competitor executes a sidearm throw, he is allowed to straddle the boundary of the lane but one foot must remain within the lane and behind the set distance. This must be done in a way that does not interfere with another competitor and if this proves to be too distracting he can allow the other thrower to proceed so there is a free lane to his left. If a competitor needs to step forward on each release, they are permitted to do so, as long as the final step is within the set boundary line.
Style
No-Spin is an instinctive style of throwing and has a variety of ways to perform the technique. Release, stance, arm motion, arm position and body movement and grip will vary. As long as the competitor stays within the defined rules and regulations as described above, we encourage you to have fun! Three IKTHOF regulation targets.Targets will have 10 cm or 4 inch center (worth 5 points.), 20cm ring (worth 4 points.), a 30 cm outer ring (worth 3 points.). A 40 cm ring worth 2 points and a 50 cm ring worth 1 point. Knives are scored as they stick, and each thrower must have 3 hawks of the same length and style. The targets will be thrown from left to right. Heights of targets are top targets 60 inches to center, Center target 50-inches to center;

Novice 1-199, Intermediate 100- 199, Expert 200 – 249, Masters 250 – 300

SUNDAY April 17

8:30am – Throwers meeting – competitors in the Money Games must ante up at this time.

9:00am – Black Jack (Money Game*)

10:30am – Trifecta (No Spin Demonstration Game)

12pm – Fast Draw Knife (traditional game)

2:00pm -Rock Around the Clock (Demonstration Game)

3:30pm – Roulette (Money Game*)

5:00pm – Special Awards Presentation and Raffle of Prizes for Pre-registered Competitors

RULES:

NOTE:

  1.  Money Games.  All throwers who want to compete must ante up a $20 fee to play.  This is not an IKTHOF sanctioned game and is not recorded as an official game.  The winners of the game will split the pot in this manner: Winner (50%), 2nd Place (30%) and 3rd place (10%).  The amount of money in the pot is dependent on the number of competitors in that game.
  2.  Traditional Game.  There is no fee to play these games.  These are IKTHOF approved games and the results will be recorded on the website as an official score.
  3.  Demonstration Game.  There is no fee to play these games.  However, they are not IKTHOF approved games and are played for the purpose of demonstrating a new game for possible use in the future.
  4. Games may move faster than scheduled.  Please do not go too far as any competitor not present when called will be given only 3 minutes to present themselves or risk forfeit.

Black Jack (Money Game):   Three knives maximum.  Distance: 3 meters.  A sheet of paper with a printout of several playing cards are attached directly to the three targets on each lane. All players are given 5 coins/chips to start. Each player must ante up a minimum of one coin/chip per play.  Four players at time will play against the House who has an automatic card total of 17 showing. Throwers must beat the House within the first two throws (one knife in each target) or hit (throw a third knife) on the third target.  The goal is to win 10 coins in order to progress to the second round. A win against the house wins whatever you’ve bet.  A draw wins nothing. A Black Jack wins double.  Once a player qualifies for the next round by winning 10 coins, they must step down and make way for a new player.  Whoever has the most coins after 60 minutes of play will be the winner.  Second highest is second place and third highest is third place.  In case of tie, there must be an ALL-IN tie breaker between the two throwers.

Trifecta (Demonstration Game):  Three targets set up with a ‘skinny target’ (7″ x 24″)  at 5 meters and 2 meters and the third target (IKTHOF regulation size) at 0 meters. Using only no spin or half spin, throwers must begin their movement behind the 9 meter line throwing at the skinny target to their left at the 5 meter line.  Then the thrower walks toward the second target on their right at the 2 meter line and finally the center target.  Points are scored where they stick.  This process is done three times with a total possible high score of 45 points.

Fast Draw Knife (Traditional Game): A Bowie knife or period knife with a minimum length of 12 inches and scaled with leather, bone, antler or wooden scales will be required for this contest. The blade of the knife must be fully sheathed with the throat of the sheath at the throwers waist line. Throwers will start with their throwing hand held shoulder high in front of the thrower.  The off hand can hold the sheath in place at the waist of the thrower.Upon the electronic signal or if no electronic signal upon the command GO each thrower will pull his or her knife from the belt around the throwers waist and throw at the target in front of them. The first knife to hit the target successfully in the IKTHOF regulation scoring area will win. If the Throwers both drop their knives the judge will give them a total of 3 chances. If both throwers fail to stick their knife in the IKTHOF regulation target after the third try both throwers are disqualifies. The loser of the competition between the two contestants is then out of the contest. The winner of the two contestants will then move to the back of the line of waiting throwers. At no time can any thrower change position in the waiting line after the range master has placed you in line or after you have won a heat.  To do so would mean disqualification.

Rock Around the Clock  (Demonstration Game): Three knives maximum.  Distance: 3 meters. This variation of the Silhouette game is a combination of speed and accuracy.  Twelve four inch targets are arranged in a circle around a central 13th target.  The thrower begins their run by throwing at the target marked “1” and proceeds in numerical order around the clock.  After every series of three knives thrown, the thrower must run to retrieve their knives and continue throwing until the 12th target is struck or attempted.   Once the 12th knife is thrown, the rangemaster will pull a cord that causes a pendulum with the image of Elvis Presley to swing across the face of the clock.  The thrower must stop the pendulum’s motion WITHOUT hitting Elvis in order to stop his/her run.  Every target struck subtracts 3 seconds from the final time.  Every target missed adds 1 second to the final time.  Striking Elvis adds 10 seconds to the time.  Score is evaluated based on the number of targets hit and time it took to complete the run.

Roulette (Money Game): Variation on Fast Draw competition. Two knives. Distance 3 meters.  Knives can be held in hand or in sheaths. Only the first and third targets in the lane are used in this game. The first target will have two 12″ x 12″ areas side by side colored red and black.  The third target is divided into two halves placed one above (HIGH 9 to 16) and one over marked LOW (1 to 8). The roulette wheel is spun and when it stops at a number and color combination, the throwers must throw their knives based on the combination shown. For example, if the wheel stops

at 7 Red, the throwers must throw and stick their first knife into the red portion of the first target and the second knife into the lower half (LOW) of the third target. The first thrower to stick both targets correctly will win the round. The knife MUST be completely within the zone. Any knife cutting through the separating line is counted a foul. There will be FIVE rounds and the winner is the
one who wins best of five rounds. In case of a tie, there will be a sudden death throw off where the first to stick both knives correctly, wins. The champion is the one who won the most number of rounds.

 

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